Tapped out: Plant failure stops Santa Rosa’s water flow

SANTA ROSA — Arecelli Merla was caught by surprise yesterday morning after she arrived home from her morning walk and didn’t have water to shower.

“We can’t cook, we can’t wash dishes, we can’t do laundry,” said Merla, 60, a Santa Rosa resident. “Luckily for us we had the Culligan water system with two and a half gallons of reserve water to drink.”

Other residents also were caught by surprise after an equipment failure at the water plant on Sunday left them without safe drinking water and no running water.

Although running water has returned, other problems remain.

Residents are being asked to boil water until further notice and to conserve water.

Mayor Andres Contreras walked into the water treatment plant facility yesterday afternoon for an update. During his inspection of the facility, he quickly sent out a crew member with a message that the water treatment plant was working again.

However, the city of Santa Rosa was required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to notify customers of the need to boil their water before consumption.

The need to boil water is to ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes in the water before drinking, cooking and making ice.

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